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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Upholstered Headboard

After 5 years of living with a queen bed and dark wood furniture, I was ready for a change.  The master bedroom had a very dark feel to it and it was starting to have an affect on my mood...ha ha!  Light and airy is more what I had in mind.

Here is a peek at what the bed looked like before:


Wow...that's dark!  The entire set was matchy, matchy, and just not us anymore.  The paint color was also way too dark.  The entire room got painted an easy neutral color I love...

Benjamin Moore - Pismo Dunes:


Anyway, back to the headboard.  Not only was I tired of the dark wood, the queen size bed just wasn't cutting it.  So out with the old and in with the new.  A new king mattress needs a new headboard and I was really excited about a headboard project:-)

First, I measured the mattress to determine the size of plywood to get.  Next, hubby went to Lowes and purchased the plywood for me...yippee!  Once he got it home I thought it was a bit heavy, but oh well I was going to make it work.

I had already purchased the fabric:


First step was to wrap the piece of plywood with batting and use the staple gun to secure it in place.


I did two layers of batting before starting on the fabric.  I didn't want it too think so two layers of batting did the trick.  Next step, staple the fabric into place.  I know it's weird, but to be able to see what I was doing I stood the wood up to make sure my fabric was lining up straight. 


I worked my way around the entire board making sure to check that the pattern still looked good.  It turned out awesome!


Last, but not least it had to be placed behind the bed.  We didn't have an old headboard to attach it to as I have seen many other people do, so hubby and I decided to use 2x4's and brackets to make it work.  First Eric (aka hubby) cut the 2x4's to the height we wanted.  He attached three 2x4's (equal distance apart) to the back with brackets (He is going to love the first picture!).



Finally, the headboard fit (stood) right behind the mattress!


I love it so much more than the previous headboard!

It really makes a huge difference in the room.  Much more crisp, clean, open and bright...ahhhh:-)  And the total cost ~ roughly $50 ~ can't beat that!


Anyone attempted any upholstery projects lately?  Doesn't it feel great to finish a project?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Finally Framed

It's difficult to keep up with projects and blog with the kiddos home from school!  Can't believe it's already been over a week since my last post.  We've been busy around here ~ jet skiing and a quick trip to Tucson to visit family.

A little jet skiing at the lake

In the midst of the craziness (having no time to myself), I was able to finish a fun framing project I've been thinking about forever.   I bought some frames from Michael's a long time ago (probably over 8 months ago...yikes!) and have been wanting to use some fun scrapbook paper in them.

 

The frames were on sale for $9.99 each and I thought they would be perfect above our headboard.  I looked through some of my favorite scrapbook paper I already had, coordinated 4 patterns and laid them out to see which one I liked best.




Once I decided on the four I liked best (the last set looked awesome against the white mat) it was time to take apart the frame and put the paper in.  The awesome part, no cutting!  The frames are 12x12 just like the paper...score!  Take off the backing, pull the stock photo out, lay scrapbook paper in and put backing on.


I thought these would look great above our headboard, but now I am rethinking where I want to put them (of course).  Here they are all finished up and ready to be hung (another project, for another day!).




I love the colors and think they will add some fun to any wall.  Now to just figure out which wall!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Brighten up a Bookshelf

You can never have too many bookshelves right?  Well, I found these awesome bookshelves at Target on clearance about 4 months ago and couldn't resist.  They were originally $69.00 and were 50% off...yes $34.99.  Of course I had to buy 2 "just in case" I needed more than one.  


$34.99 on clearance from Target


 
The first step was getting the shelf put together (this is one reason I like Craigslist, no assembly).  I guess it didn't take too long, about 30 minutes or so.  I left the back off so it looked like this (for about a month...so sad).  It wasn't actually laying on the floor for a month...ha ha!  This is a picture from the back with the front laying on the carpet.


My idea to back the shelf came from pinterest...again...lol!  But, that's what pinterest is for right?  Anyway, I found some fabric I liked and finally got this project rolling.  The boys were swimming so I used a few minutes outside with them to get the fabric adhered to the back.  You definitely need to spray the adhesive outside.
My supplies ~ Fabric, scissors, spray adhesive (I happened to have Elmer's craft bond on hand).

The fabric had to be trimmed to fit the backing of the shelf.  I just laid it out on top of the backing and cut (it didn't matter if it was straight).


Next step was to apply the fabric.  I had never done anything like this before so I was a bit nervous I might ruin the fabric or the backing or both!  First, I sprayed the adhesive onto about 1/4 of the backing and waited a minute or two.  Then I placed the fabric down and moved my hand along the fabric to straighten it out.


After this step I felt comfortable that I wasn't going to ruin anything...thank goodness!  So I sprayed the rest of the backing and pulled the fabric over, smoothing it with my hands as I went.  There were a few spots where the fabric wasn't smooth, but it was easy to push the creases out.  Once all of the fabric was adhered I just cut off the excess fabric and it was ready to attach.  Again, it didn't need to be cut straight since the edges wouldn't be seen.


I had to get in the pool after this step (it's only about 110 degrees here!).  Once we were all inside I was able to put the backing onto the shelf.


I was surprised that I needed to screw this particular back on...I can't remember ever having to do this with a shelf.  It is usually secured with tiny nails, anyway that took some time.


But it was well worth it!  The shelf turned out awesome...I love it.  Some color to brighten my days...ha ha!


After seeing it together my oldest asked if he could have it in his room (guess he loves color too).  This doesn't match his room so I'll just have to make another with different fabric.  See I knew I would need more than one...ha ha.




Anyone else back a bookshelf lately?  How did it turn out?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Wise Behavior

I caught my boys comprising today and I felt so relieved!  We have had tons of fighting and bickering with school out and unfortunately not enough compromising.  Then I realized I haven't been giving out any kind of positive energy for brotherly love.  They have been losing things for using unkind words and calling names, but I had forgotten all about rewarding...silly mommy!

This is the way I always want them to look ~ happy and getting along.


Of course, that's just wishful thinking, but maybe I can make this summer a little bit more peaceful by offering some rewards for "wise" behavior.  I whipped up some coupons so I can give them out when I see respectful, positive behavior from the boys.


I created these coupons in microsoft publisher and let the boys help me pick out the owls.  Six fit on one page so I'll be able to print out a bunch at a time.  Here is a close up of a coupon ~


Once they have collected enough coupons they'll be able to turn them in for rewards such as alone time with mommy or daddy, bookmarks, books, or extra computer/t.v. time.  Would something like this work in your house?  I sure am hoping it will help around here! 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Medicine Mess

Stuff has been falling out (literally) of my medicine cabinet lately so I figured it was about time to fix the problem!

The medicine cabinet I decided to attack organize is the one in my kitchen.  It has all of the boys medicine and other stuff we normally need in that area of the house.
While I was getting my daily fix on pinterest, I found an organized medicine cabinet that got me itching to organize my own...love that! 

I started with a complete mess:


When working on a project like this everything has to come out so you can see exactly what is hiding in there.  There was so much junk stuff that shouldn't even have been up there!


Fish food with medicine...really?!


Once it was all out on the counter it was time to sort.  I sorted it all into "like" items so I could place them in containers.  I love how in the inspiration picture you see containers and not bottles of medicine everywhere:-)


I wanted to add a little color or should I say happiness to the inside of my cabinet and found some containers that would work perfectly.  I had just scored four orange pencil holders from Ikea for $2.00 on clearance and I had 4 colorful containers that were just waiting for a perfect place.

Then to save time I used some of my favorite printable labels from better homes and gardens.  The best part about these labels is you can find all kinds of sizes to fit all things big and small.  Once printed, I cut out the labels with my scrapbooking life savers.


After they were all cut out I used more scrapbooking goodies (brads) to attach the labels to each container.  I love the happiness of the entire cabinet now!


My cabinet has a middle wood piece so I had to work around it to find the best way to organize everything.  These two pictures show each side (that way you can take a peek at the labels up close).


This is the finished medicine cabinet.  Stuff is no longer falling out and the boys can find bandaids whenever they want (which is pretty much continuous...lol).  I also love the fact that there are no lids.  This makes everything easier to get to.


A glimpse full view... and I even have some extra space up top!  Score!


You might wonder where our (hubby and I) prescription medicine is.  It is located in our bathroom medicine cabinet since that just makes more sense.  Luckily for us, we don't have to use much medicine around here which makes organizing much easier!  Have you organized a medicine cabinet lately?  How did it turn out?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

DIY Sunburst Mirror

Another sunburst mirror?  Yes, I just couldn't help myself!  I've been seeing mirrors like these all over the place and wanted to give it a try.

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Some are thick, some thin, some use clothespins, sticks, and even paper.  There are so many cool ideas out there and guess what I went with...plain bamboo skewers from the grocery!  I know, I know it seems really boring, but I thought they would be perfect with this 7 in. mirror I picked up from Michael's.


It started simple enough, find the center and glue the skewers into place.  I used E600 since it holds really nicely, but lets you move slightly if  you need to before it dries.


Oh I better back up one step.  I did attempt to paint the skewers first, but after realizing how time consuming that would be I decided to wait until I had all the sticks glued on so I could spray it all at once.

Gluing took some time because I stopped between each step to let the glue dry.  I played some legos, went swimming, watched the boys shoot hoops in the family room...yes I think this step took an entire day.



Finally it looked like this ~ not totally even, but you can't tell from the front...thank goodness!


Next step was to cut out a piece of cardboard to cover the back.  I took another mirror the same size and traced it so I could get it the right size.



Then the cardboard got glued to the back with Gorilla glue.  I happened to have some on hand and figured it would work.  It did the trick!  But be careful not to put too much Gorilla glue it does expand.  Also, it must sit awhile and I even put a bunch of magazines on top to make sure it was nice and secure.


I let it sit overnight and then it was on to my favorite part ~ spray painting!  Glossy white (the crisp, clean look) was my color choice.  I had to place the magazines under my drop cloth to raise the mirror up and cut another piece of cardboard to cover the mirror and then the fun could begin! 


You can see I used painters tape around the edges of the cardboard to make sure the paint didn't get in between the cardboard and the mirror.



Here it is painted, but something really needed to be done about the edges of the mirror.  It just didn't look right to me.


So as you can see I got out the beads to see what I could come up with.  Unfortunately it looked more like an art project gone wrong...ha ha!  No to the beads!

Next, I got out pennies and for some reason didn't take a picture (probably a good thing!).  Once I got all of the pennies off I found some poker chips in the cabinet and tried that.


May not have been bad if it were for a game room!  But, it wasn't exactly the look I was going for.  Then I remembered some clear stones we had used for rewards when the boys were younger.  The right color and size...awesome!  I laid them all out to make sure it was what I wanted then used my glue gun to glue them all into place.


Once they were all glued on, I used liquid nails to glue a hook onto the back. 


And...


The completed mirror!  Wow...it took some time, but for about $4.00 it was so worth it.  Right now it is on a wall in the living room that I plan on painting green.  Once the entire area is done I will show you how it looks!  What do you think...bust or worth my time?